47 Notable alumni of
Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Academy of Art is 818th in the world, 310th in North America, and 288th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 47 notable alumni from the Cranbrook Academy of Art sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Mitt Romney

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    Mitt Romney
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    1947-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politicianconsultantbusinesspersonnon-fiction writermissionary
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    Willard Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman who has served as the junior United States senator from Utah since January 2019, succeeding Orrin Hatch. He served as the 70th governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for president of the United States in the 2012 election, losing to incumbent president Barack Obama.

  2. Selma Blair

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    Selma Blair
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    1972-.. (age 49)
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    actorfilm actortelevision actorvoice actor
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    Selma Blair Beitner is an American actress. She played a number of small roles in films and on television before obtaining recognition for her leading role in the film Brown's Requiem (1998). Her breakthrough came when she starred as Zoe Bean on the WB sitcom Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (1999–2000), and as Cecile Caldwell in the cult film Cruel Intentions (1999). Blair continued to find success with the comedies Legally Blonde (2001) and The Sweetest Thing (2002), and achieved international fame with her portrayal of Liz Sherman in the big-budget fantasy films Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008).

  3. Renée Elise Goldsberry

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    Renée Elise Goldsberry
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    1971-.. (age 50)
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    actorstage actortelevision actorfilm actorsinger
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    Renée Elise Goldsberry is an American actress, singer and songwriter, known for originating the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway musical Hamilton, for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Her other Broadway credits include Nettie Harris in the original Broadway cast of The Color Purple, and Mimi Marquez in Rent. She has portrayed many roles on television, including Geneva Pine on The Good Wife, and Evangeline Williamson on One Life to Live, for which she received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She currently stars in the Peacock musical comedy Girls5eva.

  4. Daniel Ellsberg

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    Daniel Ellsberg
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    1931-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    military officereconomistwriterpeace activistwhistleblower
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    Daniel Ellsberg is an American economist, political activist, and former United States military analyst. While employed by the RAND Corporation, Ellsberg precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of the U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times, The Washington Post and other newspapers.

  5. Alexi Lalas

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    Alexi Lalas
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    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    association football playermusician
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    Panayotis Alexander "Alexi" Lalas is an American retired soccer player who played mostly as a defender. Lalas is best known for his participation with the United States men's national soccer team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he was a standout player on the team with his distinctive long beard and hair. After the World Cup, Lalas went on to become the first American in Italy's Serie A as a member of Calcio Padova.

  6. William Talman

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    William Talman
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    1915-1968 (aged 53)
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    actortelevision actorfilm actorscreenwriterstage actor
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    William Whitney Talman, Jr. was an American television and movie actor, best known for playing Los Angeles District Attorney Hamilton Burger in the television series Perry Mason.

  7. Ann Romney

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    Ann Romney
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    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    politicianhomekeeper
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    Ann Lois Romney is an American equestrian, author, and philanthropist. She is the wife of businessman and politician, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. From 2003 to 2007, Romney was First Lady of Massachusetts, while her husband served as governor.

  8. Bob Woodruff

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    Bob Woodruff
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    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    war correspondentjournalist
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    Robert Warren Woodruff is an American television journalist who co-anchored ABC World News Tonight in 2006 alongside ABC News journalist Elizabeth Vargas. He was severely injured by an IED explosion during a reporting trip to Iraq that January, and slowly recovered over an extended period.

  9. Alan K. Simpson

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    Alan K. Simpson
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    1931-.. (age 90)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
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    Alan Kooi Simpson is an American politician and member of the Republican Party, who represented Wyoming in the United States Senate (1979–97). He also served as co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with Democratic Party co-chair Erskine Bowles of North Carolina.

  10. Fumihiko Maki

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    Fumihiko Maki
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    Japan Flag Japan
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    1928-.. (age 93)
    Occupations
    architectuniversity teacher
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    Fumihiko Maki is a Japanese architect who teaches at Keio University SFC. In 1993, he received the Pritzker Prize for his work, which often explores pioneering uses of new materials and fuses the cultures of east and west.

  11. Bill Prady

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    Bill Prady
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    United States Flag United States
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    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm producer
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    William Scott Prady is an American television writer and producer who has worked on American sitcoms and variety programs, including Married... with Children, Dream On, Star Trek: Voyager, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men and Gilmore Girls and is the co-creator of The Big Bang Theory and The Muppets.

  12. Scott McNealy

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    Scott McNealy
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    United States Flag United States
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    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    computer scientistbusinessperson
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    Scott McNealy is an American businessman. He is most famous for co-founding the computer technology company Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy, and Andy Bechtolsheim. In 2004, while still at Sun, McNealy founded Curriki, a free online education service. In 2011, he co-founded Wayin, a social intelligence and visualization company based in Denver. McNealy stepped down from his position as CEO of Wayin in 2016.

  13. Duane Hanson

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    Duane Hanson
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    Years
    1925-1996 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    sculptorpainterphotographer
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    Duane Hanson was an American artist and sculptor born in Minnesota. He spent most of his career in South Florida. He was known for his life-sized realistic sculptures of people. He cast the works based on human models in various materials, including polyester resin, fiberglass, Bondo, and bronze. Hanson's works are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Smithsonian.

  14. Thomas McGuane

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    Thomas McGuane
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    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    writerscreenwriternovelistautobiographerfilm director
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    Thomas Francis McGuane III is an American writer. His work includes ten novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life in the outdoors. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Cutting Horse Association Members Hall of Fame and the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.

  15. Edmund White

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    Edmund White
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    1940-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    novelistjournalistuniversity teacherliterary criticbiographer
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    Edmund Valentine White III is an American novelist, memoirist, and an essayist on literary and social topics. Much of his writing is on the theme of same-sex love. His books include The Joy of Gay Sex, written with Charles Silverstein (1977); his trilogy of semi-autobiographic novels, A Boy's Own Story (1982), The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) and The Farewell Symphony (1997); and his biography of Jean Genet.

  16. Pete Dawkins

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    Pete Dawkins
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    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    politicianAmerican football player
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    Peter Miller Dawkins is an American business executive and former college football player, military officer, and political candidate. Dawkins attended the United States Military Academy, where he played as halfback on the Army Cadets football team from 1956 to 1958. As a senior in 1958 he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and was a consensus All-America selection. After graduating from the Military Academy in 1959, he studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Dawkins served as an officer in the United States Army until he retired in 1983 with the rank of brigadier general. He received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Bernard W. Rogers, USA in 1983. He was a Republican candidate for United States Senate in 1988. Dawkins has held executive positions with Lehman Brothers, Bain & Company, Primerica, and Citigroup.

  17. Nick Cave

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    Nick Cave
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    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    sound artistsculptorcostume designerfashion designer
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    Nick Cave is an American fabric sculptor, dancer, and performance artist. Cave's family was large in size and always supportive of his artistic interests. He claims his upbringing gave him an artistic attentiveness to found objects and assemblages. Cave started his artistic journey by manipulating fabrics from older sibling's hand-me-downs. After he graduated from Hickman High School in 1977, he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute where he finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982. He is best known for his Soundsuits – wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. He also trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey. His later sculptures focused on color theory, mixed media, and large-scale installations. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is director of the graduate fashion program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He still continues to work on Soundsuits as well as works completed as a sculptor, dancer, and performance artist.

  18. Natalie Zemon Davis

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    Natalie Zemon Davis
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    1928-.. (age 93)
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    historianscreenwriteruniversity teacherfeministresearcher
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    Natalie Zemon Davis, is a Canadian and American historian of the early modern period. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of History and Anthropology and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in Canada. Her work originally focused on France, but has since broadened to include other parts of Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. For example, Trickster Travels (2006) views Italy, Spain, Morocco and other parts of North Africa and West Africa through the lens of Leo Africanus's pioneering geography. It has appeared in four translations, with three more on the way. Davis' books have all been translated into other languages: twenty-two for The Return of Martin Guerre. She was the second female president of the American Historical Association (the first, Nellie Neilson, was in 1943) and someone who "has not lost the integrity and commitment to radical thought which marked her early career".

  19. Harry Bertoia

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    Harry Bertoia
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    1915-1978 (aged 63)
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    artistdesignersculptormusicianjewelry designer
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    Harry Bertoia, was an Italian-born American artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture designer.

  20. David Trott

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    David Trott
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    1960-.. (age 61)
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    politicianlawyerbusiness executive
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    David Alan Trott is a retired American politician who served as a United States Representative for Michigan's 11th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

  21. Michael Barone

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    Michael Barone
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    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    journalist
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    Michael D. Barone is an American conservative political analyst, historian, pundit and journalist. He is best known as the principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, a highly detailed reference work on Congress and state politics; it has been published biennially by National Journal since 1972. The Almanac has been called "definitive and essential for anyone writing seriously about campaigns and Congress." Barone is also a regular commentator on United States elections and political trends for the Fox News Channel. In April 2009, Barone joined the Washington Examiner, leaving his position of 18 years at U.S. News & World Report. He is based at the American Enterprise Institute as a resident fellow. He has written several books on American political and demographic history.

  22. Gyo Obata

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    Gyo Obata
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    1923-.. (age 98)
    Occupations
    architect
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    Gyo Obata is an American architect, the son of painter Chiura Obata and his wife, Haruko Obata, a floral designer. In 1955, he co-founded the global architectural firm HOK (formerly Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum). He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and still works in HOK's St. Louis office. He has designed several notable buildings, including the McDonnell Planetarium and GROW Pavilion at the Saint Louis Science Center, the Independence Temple of the Community of Christ church, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

  23. Bing Gordon

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    Bing Gordon
    Years
    1950-.. (age 71)
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    engineer
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    William "Bing" Gordon is a video game executive and technology venture capitalist. He served ten years as Chief Creative Officer of video game publisher and developer Electronic Arts prior to his current partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). He was a founding director of Audible.com and has served on several high-profile Boards of Directors including Amazon, Ngmoco, and Zynga. He designed the video games Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Sid Meier's SimGolf and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth.

  24. Dan Dickerson

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    Dan Dickerson
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    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    sports commentator
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    Daniel Hill Dickerson is an American sportscaster, best known for his current position as the lead radio play-by-play voice of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network.

  25. Olga de Amaral

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    Olga de Amaral
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    Colombia Flag Colombia
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    1932-.. (age 89)
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    textile artistdesigner
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    Olga de Amaral is a Colombian textile and visual artist known for her large-scale abstract works made with fibers and covered in gold and/or silver leaf. Because of her ability to reconcile local concerns with international developments, de Amaral became one of the few artists from South America to become internationally known for her work in fiber during the 1960s and ‘70s. She is also considered an important practitioner in the development of postwar Latin American Abstraction. She currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.

  26. Patrick Brown

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    Patrick Brown
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    Years
    1992-.. (age 29)
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    ice hockey player
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    Patrick Wellington Brown is an American professional ice hockey forward. He currently plays for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).

  27. Robbie Buhl

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    Robbie Buhl
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    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    racing automobile driver
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    Robbie Buhl is a former Indy Racing League competitor. He was a color commentator for the IndyCar races on Versus. In 2016, Robbie, along with his brother Tom Buhl, started Buhl Sport Detroit, a motorsports marketing company, professional race team, and teen driving program based in Detroit, MI.

  28. Ivan Krstić

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    Ivan Krstić
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    engineer
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    Ivan Krstić is a Croatian computer security expert, currently working on core security at Apple Inc. Krstić was previously the director of security architecture at One Laptop per Child. He is a co-author of The Official Ubuntu Book.

  29. Ward Just

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    Ward Just
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    1935-2019 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    novelistjournalist
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    Ward Swift Just was an American writer. He was a war correspondent and the author of 19 novels and numerous short stories.

  30. David Rowland

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    David Rowland
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    1924-2010 (aged 86)
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    furniture makerdesigner
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    David Lincoln Rowland was an American industrial designer noted for inventing the 40/4 Chair. The chair was the first compactly stackable chair invented, and is able to stack 40 chairs 4 feet (120 cm) high.

  31. Anne Wilson

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    Anne Wilson
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    1949-.. (age 72)
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    installation artistartist
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    Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist. Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, Internet projects, photography, performance, and DVD stop motion animations employing table linens, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread and wire. Her work extends the traditional processes of Fiber art (techniques such as stitching, crocheting, and knitting) to other media. Wilson is a professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  32. Niels Diffrient

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    Niels Diffrient
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    1928-2013 (aged 85)
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    architectbusinessperson
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    Niels Diffrient was an American industrial designer. Diffrient focused mainly on ergonomic seating, and his most well known designs are the Freedom and Liberty chairs, manufactured by Humanscale.

  33. Rob Edwards

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    Rob Edwards
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    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    screenwriter
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    Rob Edwards is an American television and feature film screenwriter and producer. His writing includes the Disney animated feature films Treasure Planet and The Princess and the Frog, both of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In 2009, along with Ron Clements and John Musker, Edwards was awarded the Best Screenplay award from the African-American Film Critics Association for The Princess and the Frog.

  34. McArthur Binion

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    McArthur Binion
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    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    painter
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    McArthur Binion is an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Binion was born in Macon, Mississippi. He holds a BFA from Wayne State University (1971) in Detroit, Michigan and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was a Professor of Art at Columbia College in Chicago from 1993-2015.

  35. Charles Pachter

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    Charles Pachter
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    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1942-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    paintersculptor
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    Charles Pachter, is a Canadian contemporary artist. He is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian, and lecturer. He studied French literature at the Sorbonne, art history at the University of Toronto, and painting and graphics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

  36. Frances Rich

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    Frances Rich
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    Years
    1910-2007 (aged 97)
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    actorsculptorstage actorfilm actor
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    Frances Rich was an American actress, artist, and sculptor. She was the daughter of actress Irene Rich.

  37. Walter Hamady

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    Walter Hamady
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    Years
    1940-2019 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    artist
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    Walter Samuel Haatoum Hamady was an American artist, book designer, papermaker, poet and teacher. He is especially known for his innovative efforts in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. In the mid-1960s, he founded The Perishable Press Limited and the Shadwell Papermill, and soon after joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he taught for more than thirty years.

  38. Bruce D. Smith

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    Bruce D. Smith
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    Years
    1946-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    anthropologistarchaeologistcurator
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    Bruce D. Smith is an American archaeologist and curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History who primarily focuses on the interaction of humans with their environment, especially the origins of agriculture in eastern North America agricultural complex.

  39. Elliott Earls

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    Elliott Earls
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    sculptorgraphic designer
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    Elliott Peter Earls is an American graphic designer, artist and one man band performance artist. He is an artist-in-residence and head of the graduate graphic design department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

  40. Carol Wald

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    Carol Wald
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    1935-2000 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    artist
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    Carol S. Wald was an American artist who was also widely known for her talents as an illustrator. Her collages and paintings appeared in Time, Fortune, and Ms, and on the covers of Business Week, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Saturday Review.

  41. Howard Kottler

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    Howard Kottler
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    Years
    1930-1989 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    ceramicist
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    Howard William Kottler was an American ceramist, conceptual artist, and professor of ceramics at the University of Washington, credited as a seminal force in redefining the direction of contemporary American ceramic art.

  42. Alice Kagawa Parrott

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    Alice Kagawa Parrott
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    United States Flag United States
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    1929-2009 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    ceramicistartist
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    Alice Kagawa Parrott was a Japanese American fiber artist and ceramicist. She spent most of her adult life in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she established a reputation as one of the country's most important weavers, and opened one of Santa Fe’s first shops devoted weaving and crafts.

  43. James C. Harrison

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    James C. Harrison
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    1925-1990 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    artist
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    James C. Harrison was a Detroit, Michigan artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is complex, layered and full of Jungian, religious and mystical references used to relay his internal battles and demons. Harrison drew inspiration from mythology, psychiatry, poetry, music, philosophy and artists of the past. His ever-evolving style - often equated to Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and other contemporaries - always maintained a cutting-edge quality that was anchored in his own deep philosophical tendencies.

  44. John Beardman

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    John Beardman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    painter
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    John Beardman (born December 5, 1937 in Youngstown, Ohio is a contemporary American artist. He is an abstract expressionist and a major contributor to “art as process” and "action painting" influenced by Willem de Kooning. His work has been the subject of several exhibitions in New York City, Louisville, Kentucky, Birmingham, Michigan and Nova Scotia, Canada. Beardman has received numerous creative artist's grants and fellowships. He currently lives and works in Pennsylvania and has a Studio in Manhattan, New York City.

  45. Lycia Trouton

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    Lycia Trouton
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    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1967-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    installation artist
    Biography

    Lycia Danielle Trouton is a Canadian-Australian-Irish artist. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Following an early career as an Earth or Land artist, she became a Public Artist with commissions in Seattle, Washington, USA and then rose to international artistic significance (curated by Sarat Maharaj) with her post-conflict, post-colonial artist-as-witness / peace project: The Linen Memorial. Trouton has held visiting lectureships or done presentations at several higher education institutions, including Malmo Art School of Lund University, FLACSO Ecuador, University of Tasmania and Sheridan College, Toronto.

  46. Blane De St. Croix

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    Blane De St. Croix
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    sculptor
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    Blane De St. Croix is an artist best known for his monumental landscape sculptures and installations.

  47. Beth Katleman

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    Beth Katleman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    sculptor
    Biography

    Beth Katleman is an American artist known for porcelain assemblage sculpture cast from found objects. Katleman's allegorical installations fall within the genre of pop surrealism, combining decorative elements, such as Rococo embellishments and 19th century Toile de Jouy wallpaper scenery, with satirical references to consumer culture, fairy tales and classic literature. Katleman's work is in private and institutional collections and is exhibited internationally, including an installation commissioned by architect Peter Marino for Christian Dior, in the Hong Kong and London flagship boutiques. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and is the recipient of the 2011 Moët Hennessey Prize, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant, the Watershed Generation X Award, a Kohler Arts/Industry Fellowship and a residency in Cortona, Italy sponsored by the University of Georgia, Athens. Katleman holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MBA in Arts Management from UCLA.